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Ratzi off the hook in Texas sex-abuse lawsuit

By Mike Tidmus

Hiding the mass molestation of children by priests was one of the jobs of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. He was slapped with a lawsuit charging him with a cover up in Texas regarding the abuse of three boys.

Back in August, Ratzi’s lawyers were appealing to Dear Leader to grant the Prada Pope immunity from liability in the lawsuit, sending a diplomatic memo to the State Department. At that time, a rep from State said that the Pope is considered a head of state — and thus has diplomatic immunity. And there, my friends, is why this evil man is off the hook after allowing the destruction of these young boys’ lives. (NYT):

A U.S. judge in Texas dismissed Pope Benedict XVI from a civil lawsuit accusing him of conspiracy to cover up the sexual abuse of minors by a seminarian, ruling Thursday that the pontiff has immunity as a head of state.

U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal cited a motion filed by the U.S. Justice Department, known as a ”Suggestion of Immunity,” in which the government said allowing the lawsuit to proceed would be ”incompatible with the United States’ foreign policy interests.”

”After a suggestion of immunity is filed, it is the court’s duty to surrender jurisdiction,” Rosenthal wrote in the ruling, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.

Joseph Ratzinger — Benedict’s former name — is named as a defendant in the civil lawsuit, accused of conspiring with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and some of its officials to cover up the abuse of three boys during the mid-1990s. The suit is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

The three boys, identified in court documents as John Does I, II and III, allege that a Colombian-born seminarian on assignment at St. Francis de Sales church in Houston, Juan Carlos Patino-Arango, molested them during counseling sessions in the church.

Thanks to Blender Holly for the pointer.

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